Zephalto, a new player in the commercial space industry in Europe, is using balloons filled with either helium or hydrogen to offer lunch at the edge of space. The balloons will ascend 25 km into the stratosphere. The flight will last for six hours, and Vincent Farret d’Astiès, founder and aerospace engineer of Zephalto, aims to offer 60 flights annually beginning in 2025. Zephalto differentiates itself from its American competitors by landing on the ground instead of in the sea and emphasizing its luxurious design. Other players in the field include Airbus, SoftBank (via its HAPSMobile unit), Stratospheric Platforms, Avealto, and BAE.
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